Art as Deviance
This week on If I Only Knew Fred has given Matt some homework to watch the movie 'A Clockwork Orange'. This movie was once banned, and thought of as pushing many social boundaries, but it has lost much of its shock-value to a modern audience.So if A Clockwork Orange is no longer considered deviant art, what kind of art shocks the modern conscious, and what are the consequences of this?
31 Jul 2021
This week we bring you an exciting episode where we interview two special guests: Harrison and Allana. Fred reached out to an online cosplay community and these two brave souls answered the call to shed light on all things cosplayJoin us this week to learn about this unique community that's been gaining more mainstream traction recently, and discover some of the challenges and opportunities it presents.You can find our guest's work here:Harrison: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzqBSFLy39p8a5QpHkNksxw/videosAllana: https://www.instagram.com/vitarnii/
21 Jul 2021
This week we've got another short episode for you as Australia looks to be descending once more into COVID restrictions. There's plenty of talk about COVID around, but we want to focus on the anxiety such an ephemeral danger can cause, especially in young people. How does 'COVID anxiety' manifest and are there any good strategies to try and overcome it? Will we ever be able to plan for the future again? Fred and Matt put their heads together to offer some social and psychological insights into this strange phenomena and ask how to return to normalcy.
14 Jul 2021
This week Matt and Fred have a short chat about using a person's preferred pronouns when speaking with them. Although there has been substantial controversy over this idea in the last decade, Matt thinks about the way we address people simply shows whether we respect them and Fred brings his experience as a psychologist to highlight the importance of making people feel welcome.The language we use can cause others harm or make them feel unseen or unsafe, so it is important that we take some time to interrogate how we speak. We hope you enjoy this episode, but let us know your thoughts
8 Jul 2021
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Once more into the breach - Australia and COVID
This bite-sized episode of If I Only Knew is a reaction to the return of spreading lockdowns in Australia. Despite the fact that it feels like Australia had the virus under control, it looks like we're back to some significant national cases across the country. Fred and Matt talk the importance of learning your lesson over time, and the need to ensure we break out of this COVID cycle. While we aren't COVID experts the impact of these returning lockdowns on young people are significant, and we offer our personal thoughts on the government's response to COVID.
4 Jul 2021
Contemporary youth culture - Bo Burnham's 'Inside'
This episode Matt and Fred do something a little different by investigating the themes of comedian Bo Burnham's recent Netflix special 'Inside'. This show has made waves among some young communities and Matt suggested Fred give it a watch to get an insight into young people. We discuss why this 'comedy' special might resonate with so many young people, the significance of some of its darker themes, and dissect our differing opinions on just how holistically and authentically 'Inside' captures the lockdown experience.This episode requires a brief disclaimer that Bo Burnham's 'Inside' contains heavy themes related to mental health and it may be disconcerting or triggering to some viewers. Only watch the movie itself if you feel as if you can handle it, and if you are in need of support after watching reach out to whoever you feel like you need to.Further ReadingThis commentary on Inside considers some of Fred's thoughts on 'authenticity' within meta-comedy: https://slate.com/culture/2021/06/problem-with-bo-burnham-inside.htmlThis is Matt's favourite song from the special, about the internet. If you cannot watch the special this video by itself provides great insight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1BneeJTDcUFinally, The Better Pod Network has exciting new podcasts coming, including 'My Perspectives' following stories of people recovering from great trauma. Give it a listen here: https://my-perspective-storie.captivate.fm/listen
30 Jun 2021
Youth and Work
This week If I Only Knew leans heavily into our theme of intergenerational discussions, taking on a discussion over how today's young people see work, and how they behave in it. Fred's extensive experience as a manager and recruiter provides great insights, while Matt addresses some of the typical narratives in our culture around young people and 'laziness'.Tune in this week to learn how attitudes to work have changed, and the tangible benefits that this brings to everyone involved.Further reading:Deloitte. (2020). The Deloitte Global Millennial Survey 2020. Retrieved from https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/millennialsurvey.htmlHershatter, A., & Epstein, M. (2010). Millennials and the World of Work: An Organization and Management Perspective. Journal Of Business And Psychology, 25(2), 211-223. doi: 10.1007/s10869-010-9160-yKuron, L., Lyons, S., Schweitzer, L., & Ng, E. (2014). Millennials’ work values: differences across the school to work transition. Personnel Review, 44(6), 991-1009. doi: 10.1108/pr-01-2014-0024Lent, R., & Brown, S. (2006). Integrating person and situation perspectives on work satisfaction: A social-cognitive view. Journal Of Vocational Behavior, 69(2), 236-247. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2006.02.006
24 Jun 2021
This week on If I Only Knew we talk a bit broadly about how the priorities of different generations have changed over time. What do young people want from their future, what do they worry about, and how does this differ from the feelings of older generations?Join us to listen in to this discussion, ranging from climate change to the cold war.ResourcesSurveys of youth prioritieshttps://www.businessinsider.com.au/world-economic-forum-world-biggest-problems-concerning-millennials-2016-8https://millennialfuture.co/shop/the-australian-millennial-report-2019https://morningconsult.com/2020/09/29/gen-z-biggest-issues-polling/
16 Jun 2021
A Bit about Bitcoin
This week we've got a short episode because Fred needs to know how cryptocurrencies work to make his huge investments pay off.Matt and Fred have a chat about what cryptocurrency is, why people like it and how it's used. This episode is very accessible, and is meant to provide a bit more context for people who are confused by all the crypto-talk recently. Neither of us are experts on the topic, but hopefully our discussion help clarify some of the buzzwords you've heard thrown around.Some further readinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kubGCSj5y3k - a general overview from Youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBC-nXj3Ng4 - this video looks at some of the more esoteric coding behind how bitcoin works, but it was a relaxing and fascinating watch.Bhatt, P, What’s new in computers. Reson 19, 549–569 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12045-014-0058-2 - a more academic source introducing cryptocurrency for those interested in some reading.
2 Jun 2021
This week Matt goes solo chatting to Michael, a young peer who already has plenty of experience with the interactions between allied health and First Nations peoples. We talk about some of the challenges of defining what 'reconciliation' actually means, and then ask what challenges First Nations people face in the allied health sector. We leave the episode with some thoughts on how anyone can take step to improve access to this crucial care.This is a short, sharp episode for reconciliation week, but we hope some of these conversations can be helpful for more than just one week.
28 May 2021